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Lacson Eyeing To Cut Budget Of DepEd, DPWH

LACSON – Senator Panfilo Lacson is eying to cut the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Department of Education (DepEd).

All the government agencies in the Philippines are given billions of budget. It will be used as an instrument to establish the work program and improve its services.

Based on a report from Inquirer, Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is eyeing to cut the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the basic education facilities of the Department of Education.

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Photo Source: Inquirer

Ping Lacson plans to slash the P20 billion from the DPWH’s budget. Here’s the following breakdown:

-P15 billion from right-of-way (ROW) appropriations
-P5 billion from PPP strategic support fund, including ROW, subsidy, and variations
-P129.28 million from dredging, desilting projects in Manila.

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Photo Source: Philippine Star

According to the report, Sen. Ping Lacson reasoned that he wanted to reduce the budget after he figured that there was unused money from 2011 to 2018 amounting to P82.4 billion. The veteran politician noted that the government agency’s obligation rate was 92.1% but the disbursement rate was only 36%.

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Photo Source: Metro News Central

Based on the report, Lacson also plans to deduct P14 billion from DepEd. The agency’s P19 million budget is intended for the replacement, completion, and construction of the school buildings in the country. The budget will become P5 billion.

He said the agency also failed to properly disburse their funds and apply for the Basic Education Facilities Programs. He called it “backlogs.”

“To set aside a substantial budget for the Basic Education Facilities Program without first resolving the backlogs, and the problems in the implementation is an inefficient allocation of resources,” he said.

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Photo Source: Palawan News

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